Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Clinical Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy was introduced in the 1950’s, and has since grown as a treatment option for patients suffering from a variety of ailments. Hyperbaric actually means ‘extreme under pressure’ and in this case, it means surrounding and flooding the body with pure oxygen, not just through the lungs, but also pushing oxygen through the pores of the body’s skin into all the cells and tissues of the body.
HBOT originally began as treatment for scuba divers. “The bends” is a condition where the cells of the body don’t receive enough oxygen because the diver ascended to the surface too fast. This can cause brain damage and cell and tissue damage because of not having enough oxygen. HBOT chambers were used to quickly flood all the bodies tissues with oxygen faster than just breathing oxygen could do.
How Does It Help In Healing?
When oxygen is taken into the lungs and passes into the blood supply, the cell is 95-100 percent saturated with oxygen. However, following injury or disease, this process causes cell oxygen to be deprived to the tissues and cells of some, or all, of their required oxygen. When this happens, just breathing oxygen doesn’t flood the cell enough to create healing.
When a NuYu client gets treatment with Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen, the blood plasma is also saturated with oxygen providing all the cells and tissues healing factors without having to rely on the normal exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide done through the breathing process.
Mild HBOT hyper-oxygenates the blood, in which science shows stimulates and enhances the body’s immune system’s white blood cells’ ability to kill bacteria and fight infection. Oxygen is also a great for anti-inflammatory. Research proves that oxygen kills inflammation the second it comes into contact with it. Therefore, NuYu clients get greatly enhanced immune benefit as well as amazing regenerative healing for wound repair and anti-inflammation. Oxygen is so vital in cellular repair. By increasing the oxygen saturation, cellular repair is increased and healing time is decreased following injury and surgery.
There are many types of chambers, all at different pressures. We use a Mild HBOT chamber that is vertical and wide, allowing more than one person to use. For an example, with our autistic clients, mom or dad typically also go in the chamber with the child. While we offer the option of multiple people in the chamber at once, we never put strangers together for a session.
The Mild HBOT here at NuYu uses an oxygen condenser to take the room air and compress it to 97% pure oxygen. Once compressed, it is then pumped into the pressurized chamber. Using the condenser instead of oxygen tanks makes it safe (no chance of fire or explosion of the tank) and sustainable as we can always produce the oxygen we need.
The pressure of our chamber here at NuYu is 1.3ATA, or the equivalent of 3 times the normal pressure you feel walking around. To put it in other terms, it is similar to walking around New Orleans which is about 8 feet under sea level.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is used to treat a wide range of conditions. There are currently fourteen conditions treatable with hyperbaric oxygen therapy that are recognized by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and the FDA. However, there are numerous other conditions that are documented with scientific evidence that are not currently FDA approved.
The following is a short list of many conditions with documented benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy.